Natural Remedies For Diabetes

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As I have discussed in my previous articles, diabetes is a very serious medical which can often be managed by improving your diet and doing more exercise. Depending upon the type and severity of the diabetes, insulin treatment may also be required. However, there are also a number of natural remedies that can be used to help treat diabetes. Naturopathy (natural treatment) can be a very effective way to supplement your existing diabetes treatments. In this article I will be discussing three of these naturopathic approaches:

1) Fish oil, Borage oil and Omega 3 oil

A number of research studies have shown that omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are a very effective way of treating cardiovascular complications that can be related to diabetes. In particular, GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), is one essential fatty acid that helps your system regulate your metabolism of the faulty fatty acids that can make your diabetes worse. Borage oil contains GLA. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be used to combat diabetes. In a 2002 study a sample of overweight men were given 1.8 grams of fish oil with their breakfast whilst another sample were not given fish oil with their breakfast. 70% of the participants who took fish oil had better insulin responses than those who did not. Another study showed that consuming seafood is an effective, natural method to treat diabetes.

2) Hydrotherapy

Water is another useful treatment for diabetes. Water absorbs and conducts heat so it is a great way to reduce your glucose levels, improve your mood (which will make you feel better) and also help you sleep better.

3) Massage and Reflexology

A good massage will help you relax which will help control your diabetes. A massage works your muscles and soft tissues in ways that affect your nerves and blood circulation.

Hopefully, these natural remedies for diabetes help control your condition. Naturopathy is not for everyone but it is definitely an option worth considering, especially if other treatments are not having the desired effect. When considering naturopathy, remember that it is not a suitable replacement for the usual diabetes treatments of diet, exercise and possible insulin injections. You should never stop taking insulin in favour of fish oil or start eating lots of sugary foods because you have started hydrotherapy. As with most things related to diabetes, you should go see your doctor and talk to him about any naturopathic methods you may be considering. They will then be able to tell you what you can expect and if the proposed naturopathic remedies would conflict with your existing diabetes treatment.

Whilst every intention has been made to make this article accurate and informative it is intended for general information only. Diabetes is a medical condition and this article is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner. If you have any concerns regarding diabetes you should seek the advice of your doctor immediately.

Diabetes: Tips To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Many people know a range of outcomes of diabetes. While sufferers are likely to be hit by weight loss, lethargy, hyperventilation, abdominal pain and nausea, a lot of individuals are unaware of how it affects eye health. With eye care, you may be able to identify the problems early and act accordingly, even with something as drastic as laser eye surgery from. Here is a quick guide to the links between diabetes and eyesight, as well as the things you can do to manage the condition.

Too much glucose in the blood for a long time is known to cause problems related to diabetes. High blood glucose (which is also referred to as blood sugar) damages parts of the body such as the eyes, heart, blood vessels and kidneys. Heart and blood vessel disease also lead to heart attacks and strokes, so the eyes are a good indicator of what could be faced later in life.

Diabetes can hurt your eyes in a variety of ways but the high blood glucose and raised blood pressure from diabetes affects the retina in particular. This is the lining at the back of the eye, which senses light coming into the eye and reacts accordingly. Diabetes can result in blurry or double vision, rings, flashing lights, blank spots, floating spots, pain or pressure in one or both eyes, as well as trouble seeing things out of the corners of the eyes.

Retina damage progresses slowly. This area of the eye has tiny blood vessels that are easily affected, and high blood glucose or blood pressure can damage these tiny blood vessels over extended periods of time. The vessels swell and weaken, leading to them becoming clogged. While you may not have any loss of sight from changes in the short-term, it will worsen as time progresses. New blood vessels grow, and these weaker additions break easily and leak blood into the vitreous of the eye. This blood keeps light from reaching the retina, resulting in all manner of extended problems.

There are a number of things you can do each day to stay healthy with diabetes. By following a healthy eating plan, side effects can be minimised. People need to be active for a total of 30 minutes over most days of the week, while taking any medicines as directed. Blood glucose levels must be checked every day, while feet must be checked every day for cuts, sores, blisters, swelling, and even sore toenails. Also be sure to brush and floss teeth every day, while controlling blood pressure and cholesterol. Smokers must seriously consider quitting their habit too. Finally, while it may seem like an obvious point to make, but there should be an eye care professional that examines eyes once a year, or more frequently if problems seem to get worse.

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